Great works: Bach's Goldberg Variations

Course Dates: 12/07/22 - 19/07/22
Time: 15:30 - 17:30
Location: Online
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'Composed for music lovers, to delight their Spirits'. So wrote Bach in 1741 of his Goldberg Variations, a work which combines profound learning with expressive beauty. Come and explore this dazzling display of compositional virtuosity!
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: MD039C

Full Tue, day, 12 Jul - 19 Jul '22

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The course aims to provide students with a greater understanding and appreciation of Bach's Goldberg Variations – in terms of both its function and its musical content.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

The course will focus on the Goldberg Variations, placing the work in context, historically and musically, and analysing it formally and stylistically.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- a greater understanding of the context for the Goldberg Variations
- an understanding of the musical styles used within the Variations
- an understanding of the issues involved in performing the Variations today.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is suitable for students at all levels, and no special skills are needed. However, we will look at some music manuscripts and learn to identify key features of music notation (how many voices are singing, etc…) so this course will be most suitable for those who are curious and ambitious to learn.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

- Sessions will comprise combinations of lecture, discussion, quizzes, guided listening, video and score study.
- Course materials (handouts, scores, links to online videos) will be shared via google classroom.
- You will be encouraged to do extra reading outside class.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring a notebook and pen.
You may wish to buy some of the music or books recommended in class.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

To find out more about music history classes Music history courses in London and online which lists our full programme of classes ordered by term, and by day of the week. You may then click on each title to read the full course outline.

Karen Betley

Karen Betley is a clarinettist and music historian, she studied at Goldsmiths university and has taught wind instruments and music history at both Morley College and City Lit whilst performing with her own chamber music ensemble. At City Lit she teaches the ever-popular Exploring Classical Music class and also the Wind ensemble. In 2017 Karen was awarded the Teacher of the Year prize by Lulu on behalf of City Lit.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.